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Love? What is it?

It’s the last day of the month that we all popularly call the #lovemonth so I thought it worthwhile to write about something that everyone is so hooked on – LOVE. So, LOVE? What is it really?

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LOVE? What is It?

Being in the social media era, I curiously searched what Google has to say, and here are the first few searches from the thousands that came up:

From Wikipedia:

“Love is a variety of different feelings, states, and attitudes that ranges from interpersonal affection to pleasure. It can refer to an emotion of a strong attraction and personal attachment.”

From Psychology Today:

“Love is one of the most profound emotions known to human beings. There are many kinds of love, but most people seek its expression in a romantic relationship with a compatible partner. For some, romantic relationships are the most meaningful element in their lives, providing a source of deep fulfillment.”

From Merriam Webster:

“(1): strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties (maternal love for a child) (2):  attraction based on sexual desire (3): affection and tenderness felt by lovers (After all these years, they are still very much in love.) (4): affection based on admiration, benevolence, or common interests (love for his old schoolmates) (6): an assurance of affection (give her my love).”

Having listed those definitions above and if you ask me, my personal definition of love is this:

“LOVE is something that is too great, too deep and too beautiful too be fully understood. Love is not for the weak of heart, but for the strong. Love is for those who are willing to discover it’s many expressions until they reach the highest extent that any individual can fully give or receive within his or her lifetime. Love cannot be humanly speaking, fully comprehensible…” Irmz

Why did I say that? Isn’t LOVE the reason why some men in their limited capacity to understand it are driven to addiction or obsession? Men and women alike long for this feeling to satisfy their emotions – their souls; that in some instances forces them to commit unlawful, criminal and illicit acts just to satisfy it. All because, they lived to believe that love is something to be received – something to be taken from others.

In conclusion, and to bring some light to this profound thing called love, let us ask the One who authored it, after all GOD is LOVE. 1 John 4:8

What is Love?

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What is LOVE?

“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

1 Corinthians 13 New International Version

So there you have it, the definition of LOVE in it’s highest form. May I also add and put emphasis on it that we can only draw this kind of love from God. Nowhere in this world can we search for it, and no one person – let me repeat that again – NO ONE PERSON has the capacity to give it all to us, but only a weak expression of it in part; and only if that person has also received the same from none other than JESUS.

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We’ve Got a Makeover!

Last month marked the first year when I started blogging on this site. I remember my first post – it was in a depressing tone as it featured the passing of one of the most bubbly personalities in Hollywood, Robin Williams. It was so relevant at that time as I remembered some people who were in challenging situations in life.

This year, however, I decided to do a complete makeover as suggested by my son, Josh. We started to work on the theme to set aside the gloom of last year and to welcome the new season of life and new beginnings. From the very dense logo and “hospital-ish” feel of the website, Josh decided to do a little bit of experiment with the theme and it’s colors.

He suggested that it should be simple yet stylish, so we played with only three colors: green, blue and red. Green speaks of life, harmony, healing and safety. Blue, on the other hand, talks about clarity, wisdom, tranquility and stability. To strike a balance and a contrast with the other two colors, we used red to display energy, leadership, passion and love.

Also, and surprisingly, the past year has earned us an audience from different parts of the globe from Japan, India, Macau, South Korea, United States, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Canada, Australia and more. Reason why we decided to put the world map as it’s base.

After several weeks of brainstorming, here now is the finished product!

Hopefully, I would be able to reach more people to help transform their lifestyles in the coming years. So as an added treat, I am giving you a free “Health Assessment Test” for you to know where you are in your health condition and what can be done to meet your wellness needs. Answer the question: Are You as Healthy as You feel?

A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body. Proverbs 14:30 (NLT)

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Today, I Am Taking Back My Health

Today is a special day because it marks the second month after my dengue incident, and it also happens to be my spiritual birthday. Yes, I do have a spiritual birthday and I celebrate it every year, because it reminds me of God’s love and points me from where I was to where I am right now. What better day than today to embark on a new journey to take back my health!

Like a swing that never made it to the other side my health got stuck where it was four months ago. My weight started from 140 in January then went down to 128 in February as I did my healthy diet and high impact exercises. If there was any consolation I got from being sick, it was the long stopover of my weight. I was happy to read the scale at 128 pounds last night.

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Somehow, it inspired me to get back on track again, although I know it will not be easy. I guess I have to muster all my willpower to get the momentum back; this time though, I will have to take a different route. Another knock on the head, would be detrimental to my health. I don’t need to take an ice bucket challenge to have a brain freeze to remind myself that my age is not on my side. So I’ve got to slow it down.

“Your body system could not take the heavy stress: your immune system got compromised and which is why you had dengue,” was my friend’s stern remark. It took a little while before I got past my denial stage after she said that.

So today, I decide to take a slow but steady stride as a commitment to God and to myself – I want to be a better version of me.

My goal for this month and the succeeding months is to modify my diet using “The Healthy Eating Plate” as my guide; then to load up on my Essentials to fill in the nutritional gaps. I will also journal and share my progress in the hope of encouraging someone to take back their own health.

Media Credit:
Taking back my Health: http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2014/07/30/gaps-diet-day-1/

Note: I have no relation to GAPS diet; I just borrowed the media file from Ms. Hoffman

 

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My Kind of Guy

Are you looking for love? I am sure that just like me you have been betrayed, taken for granted or have been broken to pieces when the person you loved the most failed you.

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Me Thinking

In this season, a lot of people are desperate for love, and sometimes do foolish things thinking it is for love. Allow me to tell you about someone I met who turned my life around, and made me turn 180 degrees from the broken pieces of my past.

Let me begin by telling you that there is no such thing as hopeless…

As a young woman, I had a few of failed relationships. I thought that if I loved truly, it would be given in return. That if I become loyal and generous in love, my partner would reciprocate and do the same. I was wrong and not only in few occasions. In fact, I learned that if you give too much, men tend to abuse it and ask for more. As a result, I ended up broken, devastated and low self esteemed. I thought, I would never find someone who would truly love me unconditionally.

I was wrong.

You might think I am talking about my husband. Well, yes and no. My husband of course, is my greatest gift and my lifetime bonus from heaven! Human as he is like me, however, he fails me as I fail him, he misunderstands me as I misunderstand him. We both have our own shortcomings.

I am talking about someone who disproved me that taking love, asking for acceptance and demanding for intimacy will make me feel complete and happy. He made me realize that it is by giving love, showing genuine acceptance and working towards intimacy that will give me greater joy. It is not in asking, but in giving that I can truly be complete.

This guy’s name is JESUS. When I truly understood what He did on the cross, my whole mindset about life and love changed. He died for me. He gave me a clean slate when He stripped me off of all my sins. He gave me His righteousness and now overflows me with so much grace and love. Something that I never knew before and have never experienced in the past. The love that He gives me just spills like an overflowing stream, something that I can give away freely without fear of running out.

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I challenge you today to seek Him and to experience His love, so you never have to feel alone again. You have got to get to know Jesus to understand why I am so crazy in love with this Man!

Media Credits:
He Loved us First: http://proverbs31.org/
Loved: http://livingoncloud9ine.blogspot.com/2014/01/1-john-419.html

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My Definition of a Healthy Lifestyle

Being a nurse is a huge advantage for me in my quest for a healthy life. I had the proper education, the venue for health promotion and disease prevention, the experience to be with healthy and unhealthy individuals alike, and the best part is, access to information and technology that keeps me abreast with the latest news in science and medicine.

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Me Thinking

The last 2 decades of exposure to different health industries fueled the passion in me to pursue wellness. So, I came up with my own standard of what a healthy lifestyle means. I do not really have the affinity with Mathematics, but this is much like simple Math for me. It only requires the simple formula of addition, which is the sum of all these elements to become healthy:

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Healthy Lifestyle

Peaceful Mind

A peaceful mind keeps all the hormones in our body at normal levels. We all know that stress triggers the shoot up of the emergency hormone called Adrenaline. In real emergencies, this hormone is very useful for survival, but in normal daily life, a very high concentrate of this chemical triggers a lot of disease processes like hypertension and heart ailments. Therefore, promoting sleep and minimizing stress equals to a healthy mind and body. A peaceful mind also promotes a restful night sleep.

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Mind at Peace

Adrenaline: A stress hormone produced within the adrenal gland that quickens the heartbeat, strengthens the force of the heart’s contraction, and opens up the bronchioles in the lungs, among other effects. The secretion of adrenaline is part of the human ‘fight or flight’ response to fear, panic, or perceived threat.

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. John 14:27 New Living Translation (NLT)

Restful Sleep

Sleep plays an important role in body regeneration and repair because it promotes normal organ function. Therefore, the lack of it accelerates wear and tear, and the development of several illnesses. An adult should have at least 6 to 8 hours or in some books it says 7 to 9 hours of sleep to keep the body and mind in their optimum levels of functioning. Find out about your circadian rhythm or biological clock and its benefits to your body. Decide to stick to a consistent sleep pattern and you’ll go a long way.

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Sleep Like a Baby

Healthy Balanced Diet

We all know the traditional “Food Pyramid Guide” that details the food groups and their recommended allowances. Harvard, in its best efforts has made updates to it and now came up with the “Healthy Eating Pyramid” and the “Healthy Eating Plate”.

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Using the Healthy Eating Pyramid and the Healthy Eating Plate

The Healthy Eating Pyramid and the Healthy Eating Plate complement each other. Both emphasize foods that promote good health. And both encourage people to limit or avoid foods and drinks that are harmful, or that provide lots of calories but have little nutritional value.

Think of the Healthy Eating Pyramid as your grocery list: Vegetables, fruits, whole grains, healthy oils, and healthy proteins like nuts, beans, fish, and chicken should make it into your shopping cart every week. Add a little yogurt or milk if you like. Skip the soda and snack food aisle, the deli counter, and the steaks and chops at the butcher counter.

Let the Healthy Eating Plate be your guide to planning a healthy, balanced meal and serving it on a dinner plate—or packing it in a lunch box. Put a copy on the refrigerator at home or at work, to give you a visual guide to portioning out a healthy plate, and a reminder to pump up the produce.

The Healthy Eating Pyramid also addresses other aspects of a healthy lifestyle—exercise, weight control, vitamin D and multivitamin supplements, and moderation in alcohol for people who drink—so it’s a useful tool for health professionals and health educators.

Many people fail in dieting because the principle commonly used is restriction and deprivation. I think, healthy eating means having the right kind of foods in their appropriate amounts.

Regular Exercise

Exercise is another area of failure for most people like me, probably because of frustration and lack of consistency. Most people begin strong as I do, but over time become tired and stop altogether. Recently, I have decided to change my mind-set. So before I started my exercise program, I re-calibrated my mind and thought of exercise as a lifestyle instead of a weight loss goal. I also decided that enjoying my exercise is better than enduring it. My advice, choose a physical activity or exercise that you really – I mean really like, because if you do, the percentage of failure dramatically decreases.

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Different Sports Activity

Balance Between Life and Work

Anything that is out of balance is abnormal and unhealthy. Determine to create balance with work, responsibilities,family, community, exercise, recreation, service, personal passions and spiritual activities.

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Work Life Balance

It is pointless that you get up early and stay up late eating the bread of hard labor, because God gives sleep to those He loves. Psalm 127:2 International Standard Version (ISV)

Do you want to be successful and consistent? Then love what you do!

Useful Resources:
Endocrine System: http://www.hormone.org/hormones-and-health/the-endocrine-system
What is Adrenaline: http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=2155
All About Sleep: https://sleep.org
Sleep Deprivation: http://psycheducation.org/the-biologic-basis-of-bipolar-disorder/chapter-3-the-central-role-of-the-biological-clock/
Your Guide to Good Food (Food Pyramid/MyPlate): http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/pyramid-full-story/
What Exercise Program Fits You: http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2010/02/01/what-burns-more-calories-cardio-intervals-or-weight-training/
Scripture Source: https://www.biblegateway.com/

Media Credits:
Healthy Lifestyle: http://www.canstockphoto.com/healthy-lifestyle-18519785.html
Peaceful Mind: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/19/daily-meditation_n_6184600.html
Restful Sleep: http://gr8fulbugger.com/2014/01/06/spoonk-mat-restful-sleep/
Different Sports: http://www.vectorstock.com/royalty-free-vector/different-sports-activity-vector-1809526
Exercise: http://www.mymuscledr.com/what-kinds-of-exercise-are-effective-to-build-up-a-muscle/
Different Exercises: https://weightlossport.wordpress.com/tag/exercise/
Work Life Balance: http://12weekyear.com/life-balance/

 

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My Gift

Today, as I celebrate my birthday I did some serious evaluation about my health. I found out that the last 2 months of 2014 have been very difficult for me, because of too much get together, parties and reunions. It seems to me that I gained all the weight that I tried to lose for 8 months last year. Worse is, this has been going on for the last 5 years of my life.

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Me Thinking

What do I do now? My mind and body tell me I should start a consistent healthier lifestyle this year, keep my weight on check and enjoy everything that is required to achieve them. This thought dawned on me after my last visit to my ophthalmologist who told me that I should start taking care of myself, because he saw some beginning changes around my eyes that he had not seen before. I have to mention also that I had episodes of chest heaviness and shortness of breath on 3 different occasions last year.

Honestly, as a nurse I have been so obsessed with trying to eat healthier and keeping my calorie counter for the longest time. I have tried doing exercise at least twice a week, but my problem is not in doing it, but in maintaining it. In fact, at the beginning of this year I went shopping for more fruits, vegetables, lean meat and chicken portions, plus I loaded on brown rice, healthy sugar, and wheat bread.

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My challenge now, is how I can maintain doing these without feeling obliged or compelled because of my health or my weight? I started my research and was prepared to see hundreds of advertised diets, but there were 2 that caught my attention and, which left me thinking. There was the Beyond Diet and the Paleo Burn technique among many others.

Beyond diet believes that exercise may help in weight reduction, but ultimately diet plays a major role in the body’s ability to burn fats. Paleo Burn, on the other hand, says that removing wheat and all wheat products on my diet will do the trick. Paleo says having more fiber in the body signals the hormones to store up more fat. The 2 methods talked about the role of insulin in aiding the body’s ability to burn fat. However, both their claims confused me in some way, so I dug in some of my stock knowledge as a nurse and helped myself process the information.

I decided, I cannot follow just one diet alone or worse believe in just about everything I read on the Internet. So after some serious digging here are the personal goals I have set for myself to attain:

  1. To have all my blood chemistry values in normal levels,
  2. To lose all the excess weight and fat deposits,
  3. To maintain my ideal weight and to enjoy while I keep it.
  4. To make healthy choices in diet and activities.
  5. Lastly, to live healthier so I can honor God with my body.

I think that the most important goal that will keep me going on is the thought that if I take care of my body, I will honor God and I will prove my love for my family. This means spending decades with them in my healthiest possible state.

To support my goals, here are my action plans that you might get some input from:

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  1. I will eat a healthy balanced diet based on the “old school” food pyramid, from breakfast to dinner to provide my body the nutrients it needs, and to enhance all the hormones necessary for my body systems to reach its optimum levels. It also means I will stay away from junk. Eating healthy also increases my body’s ability to burn more calories as it increases my BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate).
  2. I will exercise for an hour at least 3 times per week to strengthen my heart, and to tone my muscles that will help in burning the food I eat. Remember, the more muscles you have, the more calories you burn.
  3. I will load on water every day.
  4. I will learn cooking healthier recipes.
  5. I will have enough rest and sleep to recharge my body and to promote regeneration.
  6. I will have a regular “Me Time” to relax.
  7. I will pray more so I can manage myself in handling stress effectively.

Just a Few More Tips:

  1. The more color on your plate, the healthier it is.
  2. Pure clean water is still the best way for cleansing and hydration. Infused water is helpful too because it gives additional vitamins especially vitamin C.
  3. The calorie you take in varies depending on your age, body build and activities.
  4. The level, intensity and frequency of your exercise matters if you’re trying to lose or maintain weight.
  5. Choose an exercise that you really enjoy doing, so you can stick to it for the longest time.
  6. Spend more time in prayer; it cleanses not only your body, but also your soul and spirit.

Now, going back to the 2 diets I discovered, here is my take: balanced diet is really important, but you do not need to pay so much money just to have your meals prepared by someone. You can research and learn so many things on your own, but if you have a medical condition, you must consult a professional. Now, on the grain issue, I believe wheat has a lot of benefits for the heart, but be sure you’re eating the real thing. You should have some knowledge on reading the labels too. Lastly, insulin is a hormone thought to process only sugar, but there are research studies that show, it helps burn fat too.

So my gift to myself, my family and my God on my birthday – is my health!

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Blessed Beyond Limit

A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body. Proverbs 14:30 NLT

Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NLT

Useful Resources: Benefits of Lemon: http://learni.st/users/emily.dingmann.7/boards/14637-why-you-should-be-drinking-lemon-water-in-the-morning Profits from Cucumber: http://learni.st/users/michele.ochoa1/boards/25935-uses-for-cucumbers-that-will-amaze-you Know More About Your Grain: http://wholegrainscouncil.org/whole-grains-101/identifying-whole-grain-products Insulin Burns Carbs and Fats Too: http://www.jbc.org/content/179/1/175.full.pdf What Exercise Program Fits You: http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2010/02/01/what-burns-more-calories-cardio-intervals-or-weight-training/ Are You Underweight, Normal Weight or Overweight? Calculate Your BMI: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/BMI/bmicalc.htm How Much Calorie Do You Burn? Calculate Your BMR: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/BMI/bmicalc.htm Your Guide to Good Food (Food Pyramid/MyPlate): http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/pyramid-full-story/ Bible Gateway: https://www.biblegateway.com/ Media Credits: Beyond Paleo: http://www.annlouise.com/blog/2014/09/11/beyond-paleo/ Looks like Me: http://www.freepik.com/free-photo/thinking_20689.htm Blessed: https://www.etsy.com/listing/154396246/inspirational-print-scripture-wall-art?ref=market Health Goals: http://foxborofitclub.com/nutrition/only-1-in-50-americans-meet-heart-health-goals-do-you/ Pray More, Worry Less: https://porelamoradios.wordpress.com/tag/spirituality/ Praying Hands: http://imgkid.com/woman-praying-hands.shtml Developing a Healthy Lifestyle: http://www.riverschurch.co.za/product/developing-healthy-lifestyle/

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Why Do You Do What You Do?

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Why Do You Do What You Do?

As 2015 begins, have you seriously considered what your past year had been like? I am sure it was not all roses. Have you also wondered and asked this question to yourself? “Why do I do what I do?” Most people would answer, “I just want to” or “somebody made me do it” Did you know that the answer you give to this question tells a lot about who you really are?

A friend told me recently about her frustration with a woman who goes to the same volunteer work for kids that she goes to. They are not what you can consider friends, but she was so upset with the woman’s disregard to authority and specific rules.

In that volunteer work, they have a rule that children must be treated equally and are strongly discouraged to give money or expensive gifts. The woman, however, violated these rules over and over again and kept giving money and special gifts to only a few. My friend’s frustration over the system made her decide to stop going for awhile hoping to make her point known.

Like this woman, this year was like a roller coaster ride for me too, because of the unexpected turns, sudden drops and uncontrollable speed. I’ve heard the most bizarre gossip stories and accusations about me from people who hardly even know me, and I’ve had major conflicts with family, relatives and friends too.

I’ve always been branded as a person who speak my mind, and in most occasions when I do, the initial reaction I get is that of anger. I often see myself caught in a situation when I have to make a choice between being silent and enduring the misery, or speaking out in love and praying for a change of heart to occur.

There are times though that God impresses in my heart to just be silent and pray. Being a very outspoken woman that I am, this is the most difficult thing to do – be silent. Surprisingly, with a huge amount of grace, I am now able to do that.

If you ask me, “Why I do what I do?”, my answer is having that “sense of purpose”. What makes me opt for the difficult choices? It is knowing that Jesus has got my back.

See how very much my Father loves me, for He calls me His child, and that is who I am! 1 John 3:1

I do not feel guilty, and I can come to God with bold confidence. 1 John 3:21

I do what I do because I have an advocate who holds the steering wheel of my life, so I know I am safe.

If He tells me to go, I go.
If He tells me to stop, I stop.
If He tells me to speak, I speak.
If He tells me to be silent, I keep silent.
If He tells me to make a turn, I turn.
And if He tells me it is time to shift my gears, then I do.

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Welcome to a better year!

I do not understand completely, and I guess I never would, for His ways and His thoughts are so much higher than mine. But this is what I know, He loves me and He knows what’s best for me! This is why I do what I do!

Being lavished with so much love, I too must love those who love me, those who think impure thoughts about me, and even those who slander and gossip about me – even when at times it means I have to be silent and just pray. Jesus modeled this best, and so I try to live by His example. People may not always understand the way I express my love, but it is God who sees my heart and whose approval I seek.

We love each other because, He loved us first. 1 John 5:19

Looking back, 2014 was like an adventure. I had many lows, but I also had many highs for which I can be thankful for! Here’s to a better and brighter 2015!

Media Credits:
Career Hub Blog: http://www.careerhubblog.com/.a/6a00d834516a5769e20168e7e2eb2a970c-pi
Fun Mozar: http://funmozar.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Happy-New-Year-2015-Wallpaper-10.jpg
Daily Motion: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2dr8hh_happy-new-year-2015-wishes-and-greetings_people
New Year Greeting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgZ1JO9Y0AE